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Colorizing History – Bringing Black and White Photographs Back to Life!

“Photoshopping” The Past

A gallery of black and white photographs I colorized using “my favorite” imaging software, Adobe Photoshop. See a few famous as well as not so famous faces. See also my colorization of life masks and de-aging using action figure heads.

Not so famous faces

Mary Chaney Thompson
Mary Chaney Thompson (1847-1920)
Anna Daniel Gardner
Anna Daniel Gardner (1871-1953)
Henry Daniel
Henry Daniel (1874-1953)

Famous Faces

John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)
Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
Nathan Bedford Forrest
Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821-1877)
Nathan Bedford Forrest
Nathan Bedford Forrest by Matthew Brady. Original photos: from the collections of Matt Hagans and Steve and Mike Romano

Life Mask Colorization

James Madison
James Madison (1751-1836)

See What Did The Founding Fathers Look Like? – James Madison

De-Aging Using Photoshop’s liquify filter

Below, I used Photoshop’s Liquify filter on an action figure head to create a youthful version of my 4th-great grandfather.

Jackson Chaney
Jackson Chaney (1817-1894)

Colorized Photos Used in the Nathan Bedford Forrest and Frederick Douglass Project

See more of my Photoshop creations!

Copyright & Disclaimer:

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Transformed Images elsewhere on this site as a whole that I have created are free to anyone for NonCommercial use with attribution under the license above. Images on this site that are used by permission, logos and images of me do not fall under this license. While most of my image elements are public domain, my own, from free stock sites or from purchased stock sites , some elements may be from copyrighted sources and are in my best judgment, “transformative fair use” for use on this site. If you use a transformed image I created, keep in mind that some images may have elements from purchased stock sites or copyrighted elements within the transformed images. These elements may or may not be transferable for your use. To understand transformative fair use, please see the Creative Law Center’s post about copyright and fair use: Is it Fair Use? Using the Creative Work of Others